On the last day of every lunar year, an announcing cult is performed to invite the dead forefathers to return home to celebrate this occasion with their families.
During the last days before Tet, all members in a family gather together to visit their ancestors’ graves: they clean and decorate the graves, in the same manner, that the livings clean and decorate their houses to welcome the New Year. And above all, people always take care of what they have to prepare for Ancestor Worship. If you are into Vietnam food, this will be a great opportunity for you to experience the unique dishes in Vietnam cuisine.
1. Chung cake
The very first things or the most well-known dish in Tet of Vietnam is Chung cake. The tradition of eating Chung cake goes back for more than 100 years. There is even a story about the origin of the cake, which is told by the legend of Lang Lieu – a prince of the last king of the Sixth Hung Dynasty- then became the successor thanks to his creation of Chung cake and Giay cake. This two cake symbolize, respectively, Chung cake is the Earth and Giay cake is the Sky. Chưng is placed in the family altars in order to honor the ancestors and pray them to support the family in the new year. Wrapped in a green square package that is Phrynium, Chung cake has the variant ingredients such as glutinous rice, mung bean, fatty pork and black pepper, salt and green onion. If you visit Vietnam in Tet occasion, you can experience to grab your own Chung cake, which is surely alive long memory.
2. Steamed Momordica glutinous rice
Steamed Momordica glutinous rice
Another important dishes is Steamed Momordica glutinous rice. Although you can find that most Vietnamese have this sticky rice for breakfast, this dishes will be especially important in Tet. Vietnamese tradition is quite alike Chinese as they all believe that the red color will bring the warm and luck. As a result, every family will cook this sticky rice with the belief that its appealing red color will bring good luck and happiness for the family in the whole new year. Different from the normal event, the sticky rice cooked in Tet is carefully considered. People take time to choose the best sticky rice with ripened Momordica.
3. Pork paste
These dishes appear around half a century ago. During Tet, people usually take time to visit their relative. Therefore, this dish not only saves people time in cooking but also is really delicious. It is considered to bring warmth, happiness, and good fortune when eating in the New Year. Every home has at least one, two halves, ready to display the deck or guests to play. In the busy New Year, just cut the pieces of sliced pork and put on a plate, with Chung cake, you will have a delicious meal.
Take time to enjoy your life by a travel to experience Tet holidays in Vietnam, you will never regret.